August 10, 2014

New smartphone app is -- wait for it! -- racist

There's a new app for your smartphone called SketchFactor which helps you avoid "sketchy" neighborhoods while you're traveling/visiting an unfamiliar town, but this doesn't sit well, natch, with the usual suspects. Take Gawker's Sam Biddle:

Is there any way to keep white people from using computers, before this whole planet is ruined? I ask because the two enterprising white entrepreneurs above just made yet another app for avoiding non-white areas of your town—and it’s really taking off!

Crain’s reports on SketchFactor, a racist app made for avoiding “sketchy” neighborhoods, which is the term young white people use to describe places where they don’t feel safe because they watched all five seasons of The Wire.

Best response to this comes from Insty's Glenn Reynolds: "For a certain class of people — many of whom are white, work at Gawker, and avoid sketchy neighborhoods with care — everything is racist."

I also direct you to this recent post of mine, particularly the second paragraph.

Posted by Hube at August 10, 2014 10:57 AM | TrackBack

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